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The Fate of Front-of-Pack Labeling That Actually Works

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

News came in the past week that the front-of-pack nutrition guidance program offered by Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, presented as a seal of approval in the form of a check mark, was being decommissioned. With all due respect to my friends at the Foundation, and the good intentions that brought the system into existence -- good riddance to it.

Nutrition in a Second-Rate Hen House

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This week, Wal-Mart announced the release of its home-grown, front-of-pack nutrition guidance system. Can we possibly be that gullible? If so, we probably all deserve to be eating whatever the big companies selling food tell us we should.

NYT Editorial: Time To Crack Down On Dishonest Food Labels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, has said one of her priorities is to improve the information on food packa...

"Smart Choices" Food Labeling Program Halts Over FDA Concern

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(AP) PORTLAND, Ore. - A food industry group is voluntarily halting promotion of its nutrition labeling program after federal regulators said such syst...

How to Make Smart Food Choices When You're Confused And Overwhelmed

Joshua Rosenthal | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joshua Rosenthal

The supermarket can be a daunting place. Aisles upon aisles of choices, how can anyone make up their mind? Here are a couple tips for making "truly smart food" choices in the supermarket.

10 Things the FDA Can Do to Improve Nutrition Labeling

Hemi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Hemi Weingarten

Wouldn't it be nice if the FDA cleaned up the mess originally created when it brought us the nutrition facts label as we know it today?

'Smart Choices' Food Labels Are Deceptive

LiveScience | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Wouldn't it be nice if foods came with labels to explain how healthy they are? Well, yes, you're right: They do. OK, but wouldn't it be even nicer if ...

Kellogg's Asks for a Froot Loops Correction: More on Smart (?) Choices

Marion Nestle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marion Nestle

The more products that qualify for the Smart Choices logo, the more money the program gets. I'd call that a clear conflict of interest.

New Healthy Food Label Goes To... Froot Loops? | WILLIAM NEUMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A new food-labeling campaign called Smart Choices, backed by most of the nation's largest food manufacturers, is "designed to help shoppers easily ide...